UCLA In the News July 5, 2018

UCLA In the News lists selected mentions of UCLA in the world’s news media. See more UCLA In the News.

For this transgender men’s team in Brazil, soccer is a path toward self-acceptance | Los Angeles Times

Discrimination, whether someone decides to make a physical transition or not, can lead to isolation and a lack of access to healthcare, education and employment, said Jody Herman, a scholar of public policy at UCLA’s Williams Institute specializing in transgender issues. “Community connectedness is one thing that has been shown to be a positive impact on trans people’s lives, both in mental and physical health,” she said.

Mono Lake’s changing climate could mean more dust storms in Eastern Sierra — or less water for L.A. | Los Angeles Times

“A lot of assumptions about California’s water systems were based on 20th century conditions,” said Alex Hall, a professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at UCLA. “Clearly, these data baselines need to be reevaluated.” Hall’s studies revealed meteorological trends he believes are likely to accelerate in decades to come throughout the Sierra Nevada range: Temperatures are warming, snowpack is getting smaller and melting earlier in the year, and less winter precipitation is arriving as snow in the first place.

How we can open the world, in spite of bans and walls | Los Angeles Times Opinion

[Ann] Kerr-Adams now heads UCLA’s Fulbright Scholar Enrichment Program. Her family was recently awarded a settlement in its lawsuit against Iran over Kerr’s assassination, and put it to use for a UCLA scholarship for students from the Mideast.s… “I have two main programs at UCLA. One is running a Fulbright Scholar Enrichment Program, which brings visiting Fulbright scholars into our local cultural scenes. The purpose is also to bring them together so they meet each other and form international friendships. Along with running the Fulbright Scholar Enrichment Program to bring visiting scholars into the community, I teach two courses using Fulbright scholars as speakers,” Kerr-Adams said.s

55 grams of walnuts daily can cut risk of developing Type-2 diabetes by half  | India Times

“The strong connection we see in this study between walnut consumers and lower prevalence of type 2 diabetes is additional justification for including walnuts in the diet. Other research has shown that walnuts may also be beneficial for cognitive function and heart health,” said Lenore Arab from The University of California, Los Angeles.

New university rules encourage scientists to avoid air travel | Wired

Alternatively, the goal of some policies, like the one at UCLA, is not expressly to reduce total flights. Instead, administrators at that university seek to mitigate flight emissions through flat fees.... The fees will go toward emissions-reducing projects on the UCLA campus, such as energy retrofitting or solar panels — although the energy savings are unlikely to fully offset flights’ carbon emissions. UCLA’s Renee Fortier and David Karwaski, both instrumental in implementing the policy, predict the fees will add up to about $250,000 the first year.

For women over 30, there may be better choice than Pap test | NPR

One caution about the study findings, says Dr. Carol Mangione, a USPSTF task force member and UCLA professor of medicine, is that screening — either kind — is what saves lives. She says the method of testing comes second to being sure that all women, especially high-prevalence groups like black and Hispanic women, are able to get the testing they need. “Most cases of cervical cancer happen in women who have not been regularly screened, or who have been screened, but don't have access to appropriate treatment,” she says.

Integrating ‘vulnerable’ inmates with the general prison population | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“I think the first thing you have to understand is why they created these yards in the first place. Just to set the stage, we’re talking about prisons that have several thousand men in them. We have yards with a thousand men on each yard, minimal productive programming. So you have a lot of men who are kind of bored and setting their own agenda. These can actually be quite dangerous places. And as you mentioned, there are certain groups we know are vulnerable to being hurt or killed. The state’s idea was let’s take these groups… and we’ll put them all in their own yard. So it’s a strategy of segregation,” said UCLA’s Sharon Dolovich.

UCLA physician-scientist named ‘great immigrant’ | Healio

The Carnegie Corporation of New York recognized Antoni Ribas, MD, PhD, as part of its Great Immigrants Initiative. Ribas is professor of medicine, professor of surgery, and professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at University of California, Los Angeles…. “This recognition represents being part of the new generation of immigrants joining the confluence of cultures that has made America a great country. Immigrants not only increase diversity, but also bring in new inquisitive minds and energy to society,” Ribas said.

Alcohol seen as biggest danger to safe celebrations | Santa Monica Daily Press

However, according to Dr. Wally Ghurabi, medical director, Nethercutt Emergency Center, UCLA Medical Center, the best defense against summer injuries (common sense) is often undermined by the most common cause (alcohol). “The biggest culprit is the alcohol,” he said. “The common denominator in most of the things that happen on July 4 in the 38 years I’ve been here is the alcohol. People do things while they’re drunk whether it’s swimming or driving a car, it’s dangerous. It’s probably one of the most dangerous American holidays from that point.”

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